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Flash: Have a Blast!
Elsewhere my group "flash" most days, from a set of prompts I generate, usually 20-24.
The idea is to set aside 45-75 minutes, look at the prompts and start writing "FREE" inspired by a prompt or prompts that click with you.
This is the opposite of planned, plotted, outlined work. It's about trusting the unconscious to find stores you already "own" stories deep in the soul,brewing in the gut. We have had more than 50 first prizes from flashes produced this way.
A flash is USUALLY 200-1200 words, more typically 350-850, but the length isn't the point.
What I term a flash is not dependent on LENGTH but depends on the PROCESS. It's freewheeling, sudden, quick-thinking, with the left-brained editor switched off.
Here are today's prompts
You can use 1, 2, many or all, either exactly, altered or just as inspiration
The crucial element though is SPEED, non-thinking.
Don't consider, wonder, fool-around with ideas. Just read, sing, re-read until one or more prompts resonates. Then write as fast as you can, no editing, using the spirit, the soul, the unconscious.
Absolute max of 75 minutes. Longer means you are thinking.
Two aspirins, a little whisky
This is me, trying to be funny
It started raining when you left
Please cash the check as soon as possible
No, that's not what I meant
When I woke I had a little door in my chest
My 52nd lover
The scream of gulls, the stink of fish 'n chips
The Moon? Good idea!
It's a cool, clear October morning
I'm curious, what is your favourite death-scene?
I keep waking at 4 AM, trying to remember something
You can stop now, Sherlock
I shall play my harp in Times Square, read Proust to cats
My name is Katia. I am invisible
An email from Jesus
We were never that close